The latest around the hot stove has the New York Mets not ruling out kicking the tires on mega free agent Bryce Harper.
It doesn’t mean the power lefty still can’t make his way to New York.
To be clear, the Mets haven’t publicly laid claim to the idea they’re pursuing Harper. However, Heyman is putting together the pieces that there’s still an outside shot.
Moreover, Heyman reports that sources within the organization are claiming that free agent third baseman Manny Machado will not be pursued.
Harper, 26, won’t turn 27 until next October. The 2015 NL MVP and six-time MLB All-Star smashed 34 home runs to go along with 100 runs batted in and a .249 average. During his MVP season, he mashed 42 homers while hitting a cool .330.
Harper’s made it clear that he wants to play in a big market. This has onlookers speculating about New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, or remaining in Washington D.C. What doesn’t bode well for the Mets chances is the team’s notorious lower payroll within a big market. Harper is looking for baseball’s richest contract worth more than $350 million.
A big key in Bryce Harper’s future will be his willingness and ability to play first base moving forward.